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WET consultation hits major wine states

The Federal Government is holding meetings with representatives from state and regional wine associations and local winemakers as part of its consultation on the implementation of tightened eligibility criteria for the wine equalisation tax (WET) rebate.

Victorian Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, and senior department officials will attend sessions across the nation to discuss the Coalition Government’s proposed implementation approach–particularly the eligibility criteria.

Industry will also have an opportunity to put forward their thoughts on how the Australian Grape and Wine Association (AGWA) can get the best value from the Coalition’s $50 million grant over four years, in order to supercharge Australian wine promotion, wine tourism and exports.

The consultation meetings with invited industry participants will occur in following capital cities:

  • Melbourne – Tuesday, 20 September 2016
  • Hobart – Wednesday, 21 September 2016
  • Sydney – Thursday, 22 September 2016
  • Perth – Tuesday, 27 September 2016
  • Adelaide – Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Following these meetings, a final meeting with representatives from the national and state wine associations will be held in Adelaide on 29 September 2016.

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